Amour Vert (Green Love)

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My passion for fashion is always reignited by two themes: beautifully made ethical apparel and French inspired fashion. Amour Vert is one of my favorite brands because it blends both themes into gorgeous clothing that isn’t unattainably priced.

Amour Vert makes investment pieces that will last for years. They use organic cotton grown in Texas as well as other sustainable materials such as tencel. Amour Vert also ethically makes most of their clothing in the good ole’ USA. Bonus, when you buy a tee from the company, they plant a tree in North America.

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My favorite purchase from Amour Vert was this navy ribbed dress I found on sale for less than $40. You can purchase an even cuter version, with buttons, here.                             (Sorry the photo is so bright and if you look closely you will see the hottest guy ever.)

I love the quality craftsmanship that goes into every piece and the sophisticated patterns used throughout their collections. I appreciate that the brand has a wide variety of striped tops, making it easy to maintain my francophile nature.

Amour Vert has a “good” score on Good on You and is loved by celebrities and fashion editors alike. Some of the pieces I am currently eyeing and wanting to add to my closet are below.

1. Odessa Cupro Dress

2. Issa Raglan Top

3. Cecilia Tee 

4. Harpa Blouse

5. Carrington Blouse

When We Know Better

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This year’s BAFTAs were all about sustainability, from how people were encouraged to travel to the event to most importantly….how they dressed. Attendees were given a sustainable fashion guide from the London College of Fashion that had tips and a list of brands to shop. They were also encouraged to wear something they had already worn before. (Something we peons know a thing or two about.)

Only a handful of celebrities embraced the challenge, most notably Kate Middleton who re-wore a dress a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress. Celebrities that have access to beautiful vintage pieces and luxury designers that are making eco and ethical strides opted for “standard” couture and runway collections. Celebrities that have a giant platform simply through the way the dress chose to go with the “status quo.” Rebel Wilson even made a joke about the theme in her albeit very funny speech.

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I am not going to deny that I am disappointed by the nonexistent or lackadaisical efforts made by celebrities that frequently tout the importance of making better decisions for the sake of the environment. Never mind the hypocrisy and sheer waste of the industry. I am simply saddened that we (people that talk about the outfits the next day/week casually at the office etc…) were robbed of the wonderful discussion that sustainable fashion is just as kick-ass or better than “regular” clothing.

However, I don’t think the masses rely on celebrities to dictate their purchasing decisions. I know that real change comes from people all over the globe making smarter choices about what they buy and wear (again and again.) Just because celebrity name did not rise to the challenge of being more sustainable certainly does not mean that we can’t either. There are numerous brands that are adopting more sustainable and ethical practices/policies in how they make their clothing as well as countless ways to re-style our current wardrobe.

I challenge you to show these celebrities how it is done and start dressing in a more sustainable way. Start small and make better choices that you know you can maintain for the long haul. Maybe it is repurposing items, shopping secondhand, buying less, and/or purchasing something sustainable and ethical when you need that new item in your wardrobe.

I also want you to look over the guide shared earlier and let me know what you would have worn to the BAFTAs embracing the sustainability theme. I would have rented this Stella McCartney halterneck gown from My Wardrobe HQ or this silk gown from.

Sweater Weather

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I am no fan of the cold, which is one of the reasons why I moved to Texas many years ago. However, there is one thing I do enjoy about the winter months…. chunky sweaters. Chunky sweaters are like a cozy blanket. Chunky soft sweaters that feel like a warm embrace from a beautiful fuzzy creature. Thankfully, there are a lot of ethical options when sweater shopping this winter. My Christmas present from my husband was this cotton-wool blend sweater from Pact Apparel.  (Grab it on sale in grey.)

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I think the rust color suits my warm hair. This blended sweater is fantastic at keeping me warm (but not itchy) and works well alone on those days when it is a more mild temperature.

I also have my ojos on this gorgeous sweater through ThredUp with buttons on the back.

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Here are just a few more sweaters to officially make you a sweater loving convert.

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  1. Tradlands Fisher Sweater in Quail
  2. Sezane Alfred Jumper
  3. Toad & Co Bianca Sweater

Already a pullover sweater enthusiast? (Cardigans are another love song for another day) Then share a sweet narration or pic of your favorite sweater in the comments!

My little Rothy’s

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Shoes made out of recycled plastic. Hopefully you are intrigued by this idea, however, you might also be concerned about the overall look and feel. Luckily, with the innovative and sustainable brand Rothy’s, you don’t have to sacrifice good style for the sake of earth friendly footwear.

Rothy’s are made from post-consumer recycled materials (they have transformed over 30 million plastic bottles into shoes.) From production to the treatment of workers, Rothy’s takes an ethical and sustainable approach. They are a direct to consumer brand so the only way to shop their footwear is through their online shop. They also have a collection for kids too.

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I bought my Rothy’s earlier this year and I have already washed them numerous times. They feel like slippers on my feet (even after walking/standing for long durations) and look like new again after a quick wash. I love that the insoles come out as well if you just need to give those a mini clean to get rid of foot odor.

Rothy’s carries flats, pointed flats, loafers, sneakers, and now Chelsea boots. Most recently, the company launched a luxurious collection made out of sustainable sourced merino wool. I currently have the camel point on my wish list. I also really like the navy loafer too.

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Want your own pair? Contact me and I will send you a code for $20 off.

Fall In Love With Prana

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I love fall and I am always awed by the richness of the changing colors. I also really enjoy the crisp morning of fall and the warm sunny afternoons. The fall season is the perfect weather for a light pair of pants that can transition easily from cool to balmy temperatures. Prana pants are the perfect bottoms for enjoying nature all day despite shifts in heat. My Prana joggers are breathable and easy to push up when the weather grows warmer; I also really love that the hue matches the beautiful pale leaves.

The best part you ask, Prana is committed to making clothing that has a more positive impact on lovely Mother Nature.  Prana has adopted sustainable initiatives such as avoiding toxic chemicals, using organic cotton, and creating new apparel out of recycled material. The brand also has a collection of men’s and women’s clothing that is fair trade certified. Prana is best known for their sportswear/outdoor wear but they have numerous items that could also be worn in a business casual setting.

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My “kickin it joggers” are on sale through REI buy sadly my graphic tee showing my love of trees is now only available for men. However, I really love this tee and here is another great pair of fair trade certified joggers if you prefer a thicker material. Need something to keep you nice and toasty? Check out this cozy sweater!

Fun Fact: As a teenager, I would tell people the color of my hair was “autumn” because of the golden tones and the fact that it would appear darker as the days grew shorter. (Thankfully I didn’t shed my hair with the leaves.)

Threads For All Weather

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The fall weather can be unpredictable so it is a wardrobe necessity to have versatility. Luckily, Threads 4Thought has a variety of apparel to keep you stylish during fluctuating temperatures. They are an eco-friendly and sustainable clothing company for men and women (now kids too.) The company was founded in 2006 with the principle of making fashion that has a minimal environmental impact. I have supported this brand for years and can vouch for the durability of their apparel.

You can shop this brand online or through Nordstrom Rack. REI Outlet also has a selection of Threads 4 Thought apparel at a discounted rate. I love that Threads 4 Thought is now carrying Veja shoes as well.

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Sadly, they no longer make dresses but you can still find a limited selection of dresses in their sale section.

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This outfit is from a prior season but you can shop this fleece popover and these feather fleece joggers to keep yourself warm.

Click here to learn more about the new and sustainable initiatives of the company. You can also explore their blog for interesting content.

Fortress of Inca

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Rich buttery cream is the best way to describe the color and leather of my Fortress of Inca shoes. The company’s collection of leather footwear is not extensive but the quality of their products is solid and beautiful. I have had my pair for nearly a year and they have only gotten better within that time.

This particular style is sold out but you can find similar here or here.

Fortress of Inca was created to provide a US marketplace for handcrafted shoes made in Peru. The company has worked with family-owned and operated factories since their establishment in 2010. They believe strongly in quality craftsmanship, timeless design, fair wages, and good working conditions for all workers.

If you live in Austin, TX you can go to Fortress of Inca’s brick and mortar shop. If not, you can still shop online through their website or visit one of their many retail partners nationwide.

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One of my colleagues liked my shoes so much, she became a convert and now we are Fortress twins! Her Carmen Style is still available for purchase.